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Tommy Chong, one-half of the famous '70s comedic stoner duo Cheech and Chong, revealed some unexpected news to CNN on Saturday: He's battling prostate cancer. Less surprising is how he plans to treat the disease.
"I've got prostate cancer and I'm treating it with with hemp oil, with cannabis," the 74-year-old Up in Smoke actor told CNN during an interview about his support for decriminalizing the sale and use of marijuana.
Chong went on to explain that he'd been diagnosed "about a month ago"with "slow stage one [cancer that I've] had for a long time." Chong said the cancer symptoms first began to manifest eight years ago, during a three-year period when he was drug-free. (In case you were wondering, Chong's marijuana sabbatical wasn't exactly self-imposed; it occurred when he was in jail for selling drug paraphernalia.)
"So I know it had nothing to do with cannabis," Chong said of his cancer. "Cannabis is a cure." And Chong wants it recognized as such.
"(Legalizing marijuana) means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested," he said. In fact, Chong said he quit smoking weed about a year ago "for health reasons." Instead he ingests hemp oil at night -- "so I won't be woozy all day," he said. "I'm taking it as a medicine."